Columbia City

This Hong Kong Street Food is Taking Over Seattle

The egg waffle has quickly become an obsession.

A year ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find an egg waffle—a Hong Kong street food snack, also called a bubble waffle or egg puff, that looks like the love child of bubble wrap and pancake batter. Now, egg waffles have popped up all over town, largely taking the place of waffle cones (though far fluffier,…

Chelsea Lin

Next-Level Apartment Amenities

With so many apartment complexes competing for tenants, developers are getting creative when it comes to amenities. “We are absolutely upping our game,” says Amy Williams, regional development manager at Madrona Ridge Residential, the owner of the recently opened Angeline apartment building at the northern edge of Columbia City’s historic downtown. You’ll still find that…

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Seattle Renters on Skyrocketing Housing Costs: “You May Love Seattle, But It May Not Love You”

Rents keep going up and up. What are stressed-out Seattleites doing about it?

May Nguyen and Jon Lee, who rent an apartment in Othello, are finding that wage increases aren’t keeping pace with rent increases

Todd Matthews

Local Kid Chef Debuts on Food Network

12-year-old baker has already interned at Canlis. What have you done today?

Jason and Pete Intravartolo at Empire Espresso in Columbia City

Chelsea Lin

Orcas Landing Livens Up Hillman City

The glue to any good neighborhood is, of course, its neighborhood bar. Green Lake has The Latona, Phinney Ridge has The Park Pub, South Park would be lost without Loretta’s, and the epicenter of Columbia City is Lottie’s. Beacon Hill came a little undone with the closure of its beloved dive, The Beacon Pub (though…

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Five Food Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Let Colin McCrate of Urban Farm Company be your rooftop garden guide.

I’m not calling these “foodie” events because I don’t think you need to know the difference between celery and celeriac to enjoy most of them: just an enthusiasm for great cooking and eating, and in a couple of cases, helping out the local community. There is so much gastronomic action on the horizon, just thinking…

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Sandwiches at Chelsea Deli

Dave Harris brings scrumptious sandwiches to Columbia City.

Dave Harris’ sandwiches have been making people fat and happy for more than a decade, first at the Other Coast café, where he dreamed up the Rajun Cajun sandwich when he opened that stellar deli on Ballard Avenue in 1999. Now, after a stint in Westport at the Mermaid Deli in Westport, he’s heading up…

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Restaurant Review: El Pilón

“Homespun” may have become a ubiquitous term, but at Marta Vega’s 5-month-old restaurant, El Pilón,

 With the help of son Luis, Marta Vega realized her dream of cooking the Puerto Rican food her neighbors and family have loved for years. In a snug space between Columbia City and Hillman City—with room for just six red vinyl booths—families share Vega’s specialty, mofongo, a soulful, comforting mash of plantains and slow-cooked pork…

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Wabi-Sabi Sushi Restaurant Review

Fresh food in a comfortable, neighborhood dining place.

Southenders (myself included) have had “sushi restaurant” on our wish lists for years. So when I heard Wabi-Sabi was the latest project from Thoa Nguyen (formerly of Columbia City, now living in the Central District) who serves tasty pan-Asian dishes at Chinoise Café and Thoa’s Restaurant & Lounge, I was heartened. Could it be that…

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